November 23, 2011
Being content is a wonderful place to be. To me it implies perfect inner piece, a state of mind where "It's all good."
But are we ever really there? Can we ever be?
Yes, we can, but like all things worthwhile, being content requires work ... inner work of the mind and soul.
Finding and maintaining contentment requires constantly cultivating an attitude of gratitude. It requires a mindset change, which is harder for some to do than for others, although most of us to some degree long for something that we do not have.
We can all learn to be content.
One approach to develop your contentment "muscle" is by being aware of how many times you complain about your circumstances. To change your mindset, try one of the following this week:
- Each day this week write down 10 things you are thankful for. The catch: Don't repeat any of your items.
- Keep a complaint journal each day for all the complaints (thoughts or spoken words) you have about your life. At the end of the week look at your journal and write down something you could be thankful for to counteract each of your complaints.
Finding contentment takes practice but it can be done with a little discipline by retraining ourselves to be thankful in all of the little things. No matter who we are, we've all got something to be thankful for.
What techniques do you have to develop an attitude of gratitude? Share your thoughts with us in a comment by clicking the comment link below!